One week on Pulve | A Top 3 Vegan Shake

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But before starting here are the rules or the parameters:

  1. I will weight myself at the start of the week and at the end of the week.
  2. I will monitor all I eat using MyfitnessPal to track the calories in.
  3. Luckily, I also have a Garmin Fenix 3hr that allows me to fairly accurately estimate how many calories I burn a day and track exercise. Therefore, I will also provide data of the exercise and steps i do. This wil be calories out.
  4. I will try to eat at least more than 50% of my energy from meal replacements. Unfortunately, I do not think I will be able to do solely consuming complete foods (due to social and familiar compromises).

Things to take into account:

  • One week is not enough time to draw any strong conclusions.
  • The results for any certain meal replacement shake might be skewed due to external factors like stress, work load, temperature…
  • Not 2 weeks are equal.
  • I might be unable to fully accurately track my calories in meals that I do not cook.

Pulve has been on my top list ever since I did the review. Their nutritional profile, their philosophy to get sustainable ingredients, the biodegradable pouches… There is a lot to like about them:

  • Pulve is a Dutch company that ships globally and offer free shipping in orders over 72 meals (€143).
  • They have one single product in one flavour, Vanilla; but you can purchase it in single servings or in a big tub.
  • Each serving provides you with 500kcal, 24P/46C/30F. It has 1.8g of added sugars per serving and 2.2g of saturated fats.
  • Allergens: Gluten, Lupin, Wheat, Legumes, Maize.
  • Suitable for: Vegans.
Pulve Starter pack Review
I bought the starter pack plus the Tub.

Things to take into consideration:

  • I will love to start putting some weight, but because I am currently injured I am not able to do much lifting. Final goal: 79-80kg.
  • I will try to drink at least 2 Pulve shakes a day.
  • Calories in will be as accurate as possible, but there is always going to be errors.

Summary of my Week on Pulve

 

Pulve Energy Expenditure vs Intake
Apparently, I had only a 4kcal deficit at the end of the week. I sure not did expect that.

Starting Weight: 79kg or 174lbs.

Finishing Weight: 78.8kg or 174lbs.

Total calories in: 16,352kcal (249kcal vs last week).

Total calories out: 16,356kcal (138 vs last week).

Cal From Pulve: 5,150kcal (31% of total cal).

Cost of Pulve: €21.89

  • I burnt more when I did exercise, but I only worked out in two days, same as last week.
  • While I was having around 50% of my intake from Pulve at the start, unfortunately I slowed down at the end of the week, due to family.
  • I maintained my weight at the end of the week. However, I am starting to worry that I am loosing muscle mass, due to inactivity.
Thoughts on Pulve.
  • Pulve’s shakes had a very nice consistency when mixing 1 bag with 500ml of water.
  • There were some seeds on the shake that you had to chew on. I enjoy them, but sometimes they did cause problems when drinking fast.
  • When taking a full serving, I found myself satiated for about 4h.
  • The vanilla taste was quite strong and it had a nice sweetness to it. The first day I thought it was too sweet and I had to dilute it. I have not had that problem since.
  • Adding coffee was an OK touch, but for me the best addition was a tablespoon of cinnamon.
  • I have felt great during the week, my energy levels have been up, and I was usually looking forward to drink my shake. Great experience, and due to the nutritional values, Pulve might become my go-to shake.

    Pulve Macros Week
    My macros during the week.

Start 26/09/18

Pulve Starting Weight 26_09_18
I will try to be around this weight at the end of the week.

Starting Weight: 79kg or 174.1lbs.

Starting Caloric Need2,180kcal or 9121.1kJ.

Day 1- 26/09/2018 | Go to Recap Day 1

Breakfast:
  • Coffee with 300ml of skimmed milk (141kcal) at 9a.m.
  • Pulve Vanilla single pouch, 500kcal.

Thoughts: Wow! My first Pulve and I was absolutely mind-blown. What an intense Vanilla taste. Absolutely deliciuos. Quite sweet, perhaps a little to intense by the end (I had to water it down). It is a fairly big shake and has seeds on it, which some might not like, but I found them entertaining.

First Pulve
My first Pulve.
Lunch:
  • Courgette, tomato and pepper soup, about 241kcal.
  • Tuna in olive oil (102kcal).
  • Slice of bread, 72kcal

Thoughts: I wanted to have a light lunch to enjoy another Pulve meal mid afternoon (which I was really looking forward to.

Dinner:
  • Tomato 2 Tomato (44kcal).
  • Tuna in olive oil, 50g about 102kcal.
  • Ham, 96kcal.
  • 6 slices of wholegrain bread about 432kcal

Thoughts: I did not drink the mid afternoon Pulve and I got hungry fairly early. I made a tomato, tuna sandwich and had some ham on the side.

Snacks:
  • Low-fat yogurt, 125g, 49kcal.
  • 0.5 of a single serving Pulve pouch (250kcal) with 300ml of skimmed milk (105kcal).

Thoughts: I had it before bed because I needed some calories and I was really looking forward to have some more. It was great with milk.Pulve In shaker

Food Day 1:
Pulve Food 26_09_18Pulve Nutrients Day1
Pulve Calorie Spread Day1Pulve Macros Day1

Recap of Day 1

  • Calories IN = 2,098kcal.
  • Calories Out = 2,180kcal.
  • Total = -82kcal (needed to eat more).
Pulve Summary Day1
Gotta go to the gym tomorrow.

My first day with Pulve was increadible. I was really positively suprised with the taste, which was one big fear I had. After prasing Pulve’s nutrition and company motto, I was skeptical of having one flavour. Putting all your eggs in one basket tends to be a risky move.

The vanilla flavour was really intense, really enjoyable and sweet. As I said, perhaps too sweet. I watered the recommend 500ml a bit more and the taste was still strong, while the sweetness was lessen. So, there is ways around it. Another thing I am looking forward to is to mix this Vanilla with something else.

It is going to be a good week.


Day 2- 27/09/2018 | Go to Recap Day 2

Breakfast:
  • Coffee with 300ml of skimmed milk (141kcal) at 9a.m.
  • Pulve Vanilla half  pouch,250kcal.

Thoughts: I had to finish what I had started last night. It was not as filling as the full shake.

Pulve Drinkable Meal
A great shake for a great day.
Lunch:
  • Pulve Vanilla (500kcal) with coffee and water (500ml).

Thoughts: So I started experimenting. I added about 150ml of coffee and the taste was pretty good. For coffee lovers it may need to be a little stronger, but it is like having vanilla coffee.Pulve with coffee

Dinner:
  • Chocolate brioche, 160kcal.
  • Beef steak, 270kcal.
  • Low-fat yogurt, 250g, 98kcal.
  • 6 slices of wholegrain bread about 432kcal

Thoughts: The brioche was great after all the running.

Snacks:
  • 8 slices of wholegrain bread about 360kcal.
  • Ham, 155g, 160kcal
  • Low-fat yogurt, 250g, 98kcal.
  • Pulve Vanilla one pouch (500kcal) with 500ml of water.

Thoughts: I had a lot of calories to catch up with, since I did more exercise than I expected. Perhaps, I should have put some milk in my Pulve shake.

Food Day 2:
Pulve Food 27_09_18Pulve Nutrients Day2
Pulve Calorie Spread Day2Pulve Macros Day2

Recap of Day 2

  • Calories IN = 2,501kcal.
  • Calories Out = 2,180+452+390kcal.
  • Total = -521kcal (needed to eat more).

Pulve Summary Day2

Pulve Day2 run
Need to get the pace up.

Finally, I moved my ass off the chair I sit on the whole day and did some sport. I went running to the rugby training (3km each way) and I felt the lack of exercise. Then, I did the training, which perhaps I should have not done if I follow what my phisio told me on Wednesday. But, I was really itching for it.

Besides, I started doing mixes with Pulve. I need to be more original than just adding coffee, though. Coffee was a good addition, although personally I like to have my coffee in a Latte and my Pulve separately. The shakes really came handy at night were I had a lot of calories to catch up with. Dinner plus shake and I ensured to have plenty of protein, carbs and healthy fats for recovery.

So far, so good.


Day 3- 28/09/2018 | Go to Recap Day 3

Breakfast:
  • Coffee with 300ml of skimmed milk (105kcal) at 8a.m.
  • Pulve Vanilla 3 scoops, 500kcal.

Thoughts:I run out of my biodegradable pouches from the starter pack and I had to start with the tub. No big deal.

Lunch:
  • Lentils, 80g about 243kcal.
  • 2 low fat-yogurts, 98kcal.

Thoughts: I keep having really low calorie lunches, but that helps me not feeling sleepy in the afternoon.

Dinner:
  • 2 tomatoes from the garden (44kcal).
  • Tuna stored in olive oil, 150g (305kcal).
  • 2 slices of bread (144kcal).
  • Pulve Vanilla one pouch (500kcal) with 500ml of water.

Thoughts: I drank the Pulve shake a couple hours after the initial dinner.

Snacks:
  • 2 slices of bread (144kcal).
  • Ham, 155g, 160kcal
  • 2 low-fat yogurts, 250g, 98kcal.

Thoughts: Eaten throughout the aftenoon.

Food Day 3:
Pulve Food 28_09_18Pulve Nutrients Day3
Pulve Calorie Spread Day3Pulve Macros Day3

Recap of Day 3

  • Calories IN = 2,342kcal.
  • Calories Out = 2,180kcal.
  • Total = 162kcal (excess).
Pulve Summary Day3
Fairly quiet day, mostly working at the office.

I had a few more calories today trying to recover the fact that I did not eat enough yesterday. I had also in mind that I was going to play rugby next day, so I needed my carbohydrate levels and energy levels up.

I had a few Pulve’s and I have not gotten bored of it yet, while I miss some variation. Having a different shake everyday was pretty exciting. I hope Pulve develops other flavours up to their standard.

 


Day 4- 29/09/2018 | Go to Recap Day 4

Breakfast:
  • Pulve Vanilla 2 scoops, 330kcal.

Thoughts: I prepared 3 Pulve meals for the day. The first ones with only 2 scoops.

Pulve Meal prep
Meal replacements come increadibly handy when you know you are going to have a busy day. Meal prep done in 2 minutes and healthy nutrition ensured.
Lunch:
  • Potato omelette, 150g, 217kcal.
  • 3 slices of wholegrain bread, 216.

Thoughts: I was planning on having my second Pulve for lunch before the rugby game.

Pulve for sports
Pulve is great for sports, although you might want to get some extra carbs if you are doing serious (1h+) exercise.
Dinner:
  • 2 tomatoes from the garden (44kcal).
  • Tuna stored in olive oil, 50g (102kcal).
  • 8 slices of bread (576kcal).
  • Pulve Vanilla one pouch (500kcal) with 500ml of water.

Thoughts:As per usual I was lagging behind in calories. I should have made sure I had eaten enough before.

Snacks:
  • Pulve Vanilla 2 scoops, 330kcal.
  • 2 low-fat yogurts, 250g, 98kcal.

Thoughts: I had my second shake inmidiately after rugby.

Food Day 4:
Pulve Nutrients Day4
Pulve Calorie Spread Day4Pulve Macros Day4

Recap of Day 4

  • Calories IN = 2,413kcal.
  • Calories Out = 2,180+584kcal.
  • Total = -352kcal (excess).
Pulve Summary Day4
Quite an active day to which I have to add the rugby game on which we got absolutely hammered.

I probably had a few more calories, as well as, burnt a few more, since I was more active than usual. It was a day where I had no time to stop. I had to go to work early, straight to the rugby game and then back to work. Because of that I prepared the 3 Pulve meals, which came increadibly handy during the day. I had no stress of being short in food or having to find something to eat.

The rugby game was a shame. The other team was a lot more drilled (top of the league) and we have just come as a unit recently. We also have few players which are new to the game. I hope next time we do better.


Day 5- 30/09/2018 | Go to Recap Day 5

Breakfast:
  • 300ml of skimmed milk with coffee (105kcal).
  • Pulve Vanilla 2 scoops, 330kca, with cinnamon.

Thoughts: Since I no longer have the individual pouches I have been using the tub instead. Addition of one tablespoon of cinnamon was great. Not too strong, but subtle in the background.

Pulve Tub and Shaker
The scoop comes in the tub.
Lunch:
  • Potato omelette, 150g, 217kcal.
  • 3 slices of wholegrain bread, 216.
  • Black beans, 200g (154kcal).

Thoughts: I went for a walk with a friend and we stopped in a bar for a “pintxo” (tapas). They had a great potato omelette pintxo.

Dinner:
  • 2 tomatoes from the garden (44kcal).
  • Pork ribs in the oven about 112g, 444kcal.
  • 6 slices of bread (432kcal).

Thoughts: Dad brought pork ribs to make in the oven and they were absolutely delicious. It was a long time since I had them for the last time.

Snacks:
  • 3 slices of wholewheat bread, 216kcal.
  • 2 low-fat yogurts, 250g, 98kcal.

Thoughts: Mostly eaten mid-afternoon..

Food Day 5:
Pulve Food 30_09_18Pulve Nutrients Day5
Pulve Calorie Spread Day5Pulve Macros Day5

Recap of Day 5

  • Calories IN = 2,256kcal.
  • Calories Out = 2,180kcal.
  • Total = -76kcal (excess).
Pulve Summary Day5
I did walk around a little, but I mostly tried to recover from yesterday’s rugby.

I only had one Pulve, which was less than I would have liked. However, I added a little bit of cinnamon (a table spoon) and made a really positive impact. I am planning on adding some more today. So far, it is the best way to drink it.

As for the rest of the day, it was nothing special. I was planning on going to the gym, but I spent some time with an old friend instead. I do not recover from rugby as I used to either, so it was a nice rest day.


Day 6- 01/10/2018 | Go to Recap Day 6

Breakfast:
  • 300ml of skimmed milk with coffee (105kcal).
  • Pulve Vanilla 2 scoops, 330kcal, with cinnamon.

Thoughts: I went for the cinnamon mix again since I enjoyed it so much last time.

Pulve with cinnamon

Lunch:
  • Pumpkin soup, 300g (144kcal).
  • 2 slices of wholegrain bread, 144kcal.
  • Black bean soup, from our garden, 300g (231kcal).

Thoughts: I know it is a weird combination. I just wanted a high volume, not very calorie dense lunch.

Dinner:
  • 2 tomatoes from the garden (44kcal).
  • Ham 155g, about 160kcal.
  • 8 slices of bread (576kcal).

Thoughts: My parents had something similar to haggis or black pudding, that I did not find very pleasing so I ended up having the salad and sad ham sandwich, instead.

Snacks:
  • 4 slices of wholewheat bread, 288kcal.
  • Ham 155g, about 160kcal.
  • 300ml of skimmed milk with coffee (105kcal).

Thoughts: Yesterday I lived off caffeine. I need to try to do a de-caffeination week.

Food Day 6:
Pulve Food 01_10_18Pulve Nutrients Day6
Pulve Calorie Spread Day6Pulve Macros Day6

Recap of Day 6

  • Calories IN = 2,287kcal.
  • Calories Out = 2,180kcal.
  • Total = -107kcal (excess).
Pulve Summary Day6
A day where I did not do much honestly, besides of working. However, my heart rate was the lowest it has been in a while.

Another day where I had less Pulve than I wanted. I was meant to have one mid-afternoon, and it would have acutally helped me better if I did. Another thing that I noticed is that I should buy things that I can mix with my shakes, so I can give you thoughts on different recipies.


Day 7- 02/10/2018 | Go to Recap Day 7

Breakfast:
  • 300ml of skimmed milk with coffee (105kcal).
  • Pulve Vanilla 2 scoops, 330kcal.

Thoughts: I went for the cinnamon mix again since I enjoyed it so much last time.

 

Lunch:
  • Pumpkin soup, 300g (144kcal).
  • 2 slices of wholegrain bread, 144kcal.
  • Black bean soup, from our garden, 300g (231kcal).

Thoughts: I know it is a weird combination. I just wanted a high volume, not very calorie dense lunch.

Dinner:
  • 2 tomatoes from the garden (44kcal).
  • Ham 155g, about 160kcal.
  • 8 slices of bread (576kcal).

Thoughts: My parents had something similar to haggis or black pudding, that I did not find very pleasing so I ended up having the salad and sad ham sandwich, instead.

Snacks:
  • 4 slices of wholewheat bread, 288kcal.
  • Ham 155g, about 160kcal.
  • 300ml of skimmed milk with coffee (105kcal).

Thoughts: Yesterday I lived off caffeine. I need to try to do a de-caffeination week.

Food Day 7:
Pulve Food 02_10_18Pulve Nutrients Day7
Pulve Calorie Spread Day7Pulve Macros Day7

Recap of Day 7

  • Calories IN = 2,455kcal.
  • Calories Out = 2,180kcal.
  • Total = -275kcal (excess).
Pulve Summary Day7
Not a good day at all.

There are a few things I need to change about my life, including the current activity levels. It is true I am injured, but that does not mean I should do 4116 steps in one day. It is not the healthy sustainable lifestyle I want or promote.

The week on Pulve has come to an end and it has been really good, even though in the end I did not consume that much. It is one shake that I was looking forward to try everyday, though; and I am sad I did not drink more. I think, it could easily be my go to shake.

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